Storrington Area Responder Team (StART), is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund.
StART is a group of six trained volunteers from the community who make themselves available to attend medical emergencies when requested by the ambulance service in response to 999 calls.
The volunteers work around their other commitments to spend several hours daily responding to serious medical and other life threatening conditions, including cardiac arrests, breathing difficulties and unconsciousness.
Nikki Turner, Storrington Responder team leader, said: “We have to pay for all of our new equipment and uniform ourselves. This donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund will help go towards a new defibrillator and allow us to improve the work that we do.”
The fund is looking to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm-hearted people and projects.
Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for Galaxy Hot Chocolate said: “We know that across the UK and Ireland smaller charities and community groups are struggling to make ends meet despite the efforts of a huge number of warm-hearted volunteers.
“The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund aims to give them a helping hand and hopefully inspire more people to get involved.”
Open for entries until February 28 2016, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards to deserving recipients every week. Applications to the fund can be made on the Galaxy Hot Chocolate website.
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